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Road Trip

Yes, even Pixies take vacations! I know, hard to believe....but true. We had an amazing nine-day journey, during which we were able to visit FIVE different family groups....one of them TWICE! That would be Dear Daughter S - who had more than enough reason for the double visit. My girl is engaged! We had a great time with everyone, and are very glad to be home safely. The South was hot, humid, and....in my case, tasty. First, a little visit to a certain "Queen of Southern Cooking". That's right, you'll never guess where we stopped for supper in quaint and charming Savannah, Georgia.

Yes, The Lady and Sons. Now, you know how I feel about certain "celebrity" restaurants. The food is usually overpriced, the adjoining gift shops selling equally overpriced cookware, etc. It's just not my "thing" as it were.....I am all about one thing......the food. Just for fun, though....here's Paula hawking radishes through the window...

Here's Paula and I before supper.....

Here's Bobby and Jaime having a quick pick-up game with Dear Husband and I...

And here are some shots from inside the restaurant... Le menu...

And along one hallway...

OK, this is all tongue-in-cheek. The cardboard cutouts of Ms. Deen, and the mural of the basketball-playing sons are not fooling anyone, I'm sure. Let's get to the important stuff....the food. I ordered the Tilapia with crab butter, which came with jasmine rice, and a saute of asparagus and mushrooms...

It was very good. The crab butter made the dish. I do think the 17- dollar price tag was a little much, considering rice is inexpensive, as is tilapia, and the food cost for approximately 7 spears of asparagus and a few mushrooms were not enough to justify it, but hey, it's a "food celebrity" restaurant. On to Dear Husbands' dish...the classic Southern specialty...Shrimp and Grits.

Now, if he had not ordered it....I was going to! The grits were creamy and done perfectly, the shrimp were tender and plentiful, the Tasso ham absolutely made the dish, and the sauce was good, too. They too, were pricey - costing more than my dish.....but in this case, quite worth the splurge. I should mention that each meal came with a Southern style cornmeal hoe-cake with syrup, and a garlic/butter type biscuit. All in all, a successful dining experience. Other highlights included a lovely chicken arugula salad with lemon truffle vinaigrette - courtesy of the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale....I apologize for the picture quality...cel phones can be unreliable...

After such a long time of travel, eating more fast food, and concentrated foods than normal, I was totally craving something healthy on our way back up the East coast. Thanks to the wonderful quickie mart on Shaw Air Force Base, in beautiful Sumter, South Carolina....I found THIS!

I know what you may be thinking.....it just cannot be that good! I mean, it's pre-packaged! Well, carefully unwrapped, and eaten with an Atlas as a place mat, I must tell you, it sure beat the tar out of any fast food place one could eat at while travelling!

It was delightful.

What surprising and healthy food did you discover while travelling?

It was a wonderful journey filled with laughter and tears (all of them happy ones), good times and good tastes, but, I am very happy to be back in Pixie-Land because.......

That's right! The Pixie-Patch of plenty of pulchritudinous produce is, well, producing! Eat well, my friends, and stay tuned for some kid friendly recipes, a Something From Nothing involving prior pronounced Pixie-Patch, and a visit from those wonderful, weird gals, the Kitchen Angels.

Love and kindness to all,

Pixie

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